bear grass, yucca leaf and devil's claw
For wrapping the coils of their baskets, the Papago originally relied heavily on devil's claw plant as willow was difficult to obtain.When they began using yucca, the quantity of black in their designs lessened. The openwork coils at the neck of this olla reflect another technical change added for the tourist trade; it was used primarily by the Papago.
Kay Koeninger and Joanne M. Mack, "Native American Art from the Permanent Collection" (Claremont: Galleries of the Claremont Colleges, 1979), 89, fig. 310.
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